Rain, wind, dangerous surf and beach erosion are all possible impacts of Sandy as the storm moves east of Florida.
Sandy is expected to pass more than a couple hundred miles to the east of Orlando Friday afternoon into early Saturday as a massive Category 1 hurricane.
Orlando will largely be spared the rain from the outer bands of Sandy with 1/4 to 3/4 of an inch forecast, so flooding should not be a major concern. Areas along the immediate central coastline, however, could receive up to an inch of rain.
Meanwhile, the southeastern coast of Florida will be slammed by torrential downpours, with as much as 2-4 inches of rain in Miami. Localized flooding will be a bigger concern there as a result.
Wind gusts up to 40 mph will fall just shy of tropical storm force along the central coast of Florida Friday afternoon into Saturday morning. In Orlando, gusts will reach 30-35 mph. Minimal damage is anticipated with this magnitude of wind.
Rough surf, numerous and strong rip currents and beach erosion are other concerns as Sandy moves east of the area. Waves as high as 8-10 feet will pound the coast Friday afternoon into Saturday.
For a larger version of the hurricane path, visit the AccuWeather.com Hurricane Center.
Tropical Depression Two has formed in the Atlantic and could become the next tropical storm of the season by midweek.
Severe storms will rumble through parts of the Midwest, including Chicago, early Tuesday night.
Warm and humid air in place over much of the Midwest and Northeast at midweek will contribute to the risk of drenching, gusty and locally severe thunderstorms on Wednesday.
After temperatures briefly climb to typical midsummer levels, another cooldown will roll into the Midwest and expand to the East for the last part of July.
With the recent heat fading away, more relief will greet the Northwest by midweek in the form of rain.
Heat wave continues; Ft. Worth, Waco and Wichita Falls all over 100 degrees for the 30th consecutive day. El Paso had its 40th consecutive day of 100 degree plus heat.
Barrow, Alaska (1989)
Thunder reported for the first time since July 1982 (no rain fell with this so-called storm) July 1989 did go on to become the wettest July on record with more than 3 inches of rain.
Thompson, Manitoba (1990)
97 degrees -- record heat wave.